Incredible journeys that shape the present & future of food & beverage industry

Episode 143 – Finding the White Space – Mikey’s

He started Mikey’s Muffins as a side hustle to pay the rent. As of today, his products are in more than 4500 retailers nationwide. Michael Tierney began working in professional kitchens at the age of 13 and followed his passion to The Culinary Institute of America, where he earned his degree in Culinary Arts Management. […]

Episode 141 – How to Reinvent Yourself, Build Startups – Tobias of Square Roots

Tobias Peggs understands how to pivot; how to evolve. He has primarily operated in venture-backed tech startup environments (twice as CEO w/exits to Walmart and Adobe). He has led companies across various domains including mobile, search, social, e-commerce, ad-tech and speech recognition. Now, with Kimbal Musk, he is spearheading Square Roots Urban Growers – a […]

Episode 140 – Mushrooms, Customer Rituals, and Lifestyle – Tero of Four Sigmatic

Tero Isokauppila, the founder of Four Sigmatic, is on a mission to make medicinal mushrooms, some of the world’s most researched superfoods, more accessible to everyone. Born in Finland to an agronomist father and nursing teacher mother, Tero grew up on a farm his family has owned since 1619. There, he foraged for mushrooms and […]

Episode 139 – Costco, Chobani, and Becoming Iconic – Jeremy of LaunchPad

Jeremy Smith is fed up with the food brokerage industry. There are a shortage of great food brokers. And grocery buyers have noticed. That’s why he is back in the game. He previously sold his food brokerage, Level One, and is back with an innovative Food Brokerage and Consultancy: LaunchPad. Over his career in food, […]

Episode 137 – Chicory, Prebiotic Health Benefits, and B2B Sales – David of Blue Prarie

When David Woodburn was asked to be the CEO of Blue Prarie, he didn’t know what chicory was. Now, he is leading the charge developing prebiotic, chicory-based ingredients that help maintain a healthy gut environment for beneficial bacteria while replacing fast-digesting starches. David is pleased to announce that Blue Prarie has completed a $6 million […]

Episode 133 – Food Systems, Startup Investing, and Creating Alpha – Victor of S2G Ventures

Everything changed on his visit to the Central Market in Valencia, Spain: Victor Friedberg realized that food is a system. He returned to the U.S. and dove head first into learning about food systems. At S2G Ventures, Victor and his team invest in innovative food startups. Many of the startups have been guests on our […]

Episode 132 – Building an Amazonian Enterprise – Dan from Runa

Dan MacCombie is the co-founder and former Co-CEO of Runa, an Amazonian social enterprise and beverage company supporting indigenous farmers sustainably growing guayusa tea in the rainforest. He and the Runa team developed relationships with indigenous farmers and built a supply chain into nationwide distribution in Whole Foods and other U.S. chains. Starting in 2009, it […]

Episode 130 – Nutrition Tips + The Best Baby Food Money Can Buy – Cassandra of Once Upon a Farm

Doing research for this interview, I quickly realized that this is no ordinary baby food. It utilizes start of the art technology. And adults love it too! Cassandra Curtis is a nutrition fanatic foodie with an extensive background in the health and wellness spheres. Her deep understanding of business operations, nutrition and food, combined with the experience […]

Episode 128 – Organic Chicken with a Farmer Focus – Jefferson of SVO

Once you try organic chicken, it is difficult to go back to “conventional”. I say this from experience. Jefferson Heatwole and Shenandoah Valley Organics (SVO) are trying to affordably provide organic chicken. They have an innovative, farmer-focused business model and encourage healthy eating and cultural awareness. The company is growing in number of farms, chickens, […]

Episode 127 – Growth, Awareness, Inc. 500 – Courtney of SmartyPants Vitamins

It started off as an side business. Now it is one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Courtney Nichols Gould had to evolve as a person and leader in order to make SmartyPants Vitamins a successful AND healthy company. They have disrupted the vitamin industry. The company’s products are top ranked […]

Episode 123 – Indoor Growing, Coworking, and Coliving – Eric of ROOT

Eric De Feo grew up in New York, the son of Italian immigrants. As a child, he learned about design, building, and community. He also learned that living in a big house means a lot of work! As an adult, Eric has combined his experience and interests in design, architecture, environmental conservation, and food. Eric […]

Episode 122 – Local Empowerment + Alternative Sales Channels – Kim of Cureate

You don’t HAVE to follow the cookie-cutter retail sales model. An entrepreneur can feel powerless when they are 100% dependent on one or two large grocery buyers for the success of their food startup. Hotels, catering, and local cafes are a few examples of local businesses that may be interested in carrying your brand. But they need […]

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